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Mitchell overcomes poor start to claim maiden win at Thruxton

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Paul Davies Photography

Photo: Paul Davies Photography

Arden’s Sandy Mitchell has secured his first win in single-seaters in the opening race of the MSA Formula round three at Thruxton.

Having dominated qualifying, Mitchell was down to third after a poor start but fought back to claim the win.

Double R’s Matheus Leist made a great getaway to take the lead off the line, with Sennan Fielding also passing front row starters Mitchell and Lando Norris.

It was a messy first lap further down the pack, with four drivers ruled out of contention, including championship frontrunner James Pull.

A four-lap safety car period followed and, while Leist got a good restart, Mitchell instantly passed Fielding and was soon challenging the Brazilian for the lead.

It didn’t take the Arden driver long to be back into first and he quickly pulled away, finishing a second and a half ahead.

With Leist taking second, Norris and Fielding fought for the final podium spot and eventually came together on lap 12 at Cobb. Fielding was done for the day, while Norris recovered to claim tenth.

Third ended up going to JTR’s Daniel Baybutt, who kept Ricky Collard behind.

Colton Herta was the top Carlin man in fifth, leading Rafa Martins and Enaam Ahmed.

After starting 17th, championship leader Daniel Ticktum stayed out of trouble to finish eighth, while Darius Karbaley recorded his personal best finish in ninth.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Sandy Mitchell Arden 13 laps in 20:54.035
2 Matheus Leist Double R +1.533
3 Daniel Baybutt JTR +7.873
4 Ricky Collard Arden +8.015
5 Colton Herta Arden +10.602
6 Rafa Martins Carlin +10.960
7 Daniel Ticktum Fortec +11.822
8 Enaam Ahmed Arden +12.133
9 Darius Karbaley Falcon Motorsport +13.489
10 Lando Norris Carlin +14.047
11 Jack Barlow MBM +15.909
12 Louise Richardson Richardson Racing +17.051
13 Jack Butel SWB Motorsport +17.376
14 Ollie Pidgley Richardson Racing +22.136
15 Josh Smith Fortec +1 lap
Not classified
Sennan Fielding JHR Developments +1 lap
Tarun Reddy Double R +12 laps
Petru Florescu Carlin +13 laps
James Pull JTR +13 laps
Ameya Vaidyanathan JTR +13 laps